Jean-Marie Ruysschaert received his Master degree and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the Free University of Brussels. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Cambridge University (U.K.), Weizmann Institute of Sciences with E.Katchalski (Israel), and Carnegie Institute with D.Pagano (Baltimore,MD). He then joined the Department of Chemistry at the Free University of Brussels where as an Associate Professor (1985) he had the opportunity to start his own research group. Surface scientist by training, Jean-Marie Ruysschaert very early ventured into the field of biological surfaces (model membranes) and developed methods dedicated to a better understanding of the structure, function, and role of biological membranes in cells and cellular organelles with a special emphasis on the study of the structure and function of membrane molecules (lipids and proteins). His current research focuses on a molecular description of lipid-protein interaction and binding sites of receptors of the innate immunity. He has served as President of Belgian Biophysical Society.
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